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Red, White, and Blueberry Trifle

This dessert would be right at home at a Fourth of July barbecue. You can substitute sliced fresh strawberries for the raspberries, if you prefer.

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  • Servings: 6
Red, White, and Blueberry Trifle

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2005


  • 1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 store-bought pound cake (12 ounces), cut into 3/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 bar (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups fresh blueberries (three 1/2-pint containers), rinsed and dried
  • 3 cups fresh raspberries (two 6-ounce containers)


  1. Make lemon syrup: In a small saucepan, bring 1/4 cup sugar, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup water to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Let cool completely, then brush over both sides of cake slices. Quarter each slice.

  2. With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese with remaining 1/3 cup sugar on high speed until lightened. With mixer on medium speed, gradually add heavy cream in a steady stream; continue beating until mixture is light and airy (mixture will be like a very soft whipped cream).

  3. Arrange half the cake pieces in the bottom of a 2-quart serving dish. Spoon half the cream-cheese mixture over cake in dollops; spread to sides of dish. Scatter half the blueberries and raspberries on top. Repeat layering with remaining cake, cream-cheese mixture, and berries, piling berries in the center.

  4. Cover, and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

Reviews (17)

  • June Ellison 30 Jul, 2013

    I first made this desert for July 4th and loved it so much I made it again when berries were a little more expensive. The first time I stuck to the recipe spot on. Then when I made it again I used a few more raspberries and 2 pints of heavy cream and 16 oz of Mascarpone. It turned out great and was just a little taller. I think I might make this recipe every July 4th.

  • Shashi 4 Jul, 2013

    This is an absolute favorite, and so, so easy. It's delicious, and I have been making it to rave reviews for years.

    Please be sure to use ALL the lemon juice mixture! Soak the pieces of cake. This is key to the recipe in my opinion.


  • woodstock 30 Jun, 2013

    Wonderful and delicious! Good combination of textures and color.

  • lsarram 5 Jun, 2011

    This is SO delicious! I would highly recommend this recipie. It is easy to make and a crowd pleaser. I have made this a few times with different fruit (bluberries, strawberries, rasberries, peaches, kiwi). YUM.

  • momeetothree 4 Sep, 2010

    This dessert is fantastic. I made the recipe for a Fourth of July barbecue. By the time I walked up to the dessert table it was completely gone! The bowl was scraped and everything. I could not believe it. I loved the lemon taste with the pound cake. The fresh whipped cream makes a big difference too. Making again for labor day...

  • henna429 30 Aug, 2010

    This Recipe turned out GREAT!!!. It was a huge hit at my party.. I used sara lee's frozen pound cake, instead of blueberries I added a can of fruit cocktail and strawberries. Everyone loved it.

  • Radhas 2 Jul, 2010

    I substituted the heavy cream with low fat vanilla ice cream. It tasted great considering it's been a very hot summer here in India!

  • BethW88 31 May, 2010

    This trifle was a huge hit!! It was gone as soon as the first piece was served. I also added strawberries, but any friuit would be great.

  • diana562 5 Jul, 2009

    I substituted store bought angel food cake to lighten up the fat and calories. Great with sliced strawberries. Everyone loved it!

  • vedaloca 4 Jul, 2009

    I used a lemon pound cake from the market. I was excellent!

  • BrentwoodBabe 30 Jun, 2009

    Sara Lee makes a pre-made frozen pound cake that is good.

  • qylaa 17 Sep, 2008

    its so delicious ! ;)

  • qylaa 17 Sep, 2008

    its so delicious ! ;)

  • atwellmommy 15 Jul, 2008

    Delicious! However, I couldn't find pre-made pound cakes

  • JulesIL 5 Jul, 2008

    I made this yesterday! It was FABULOUS! Everyone had seconds and the lemon syrup is a must! It gives it that extra kick to it! Great recipe!

  • blibli 6 Jun, 2008

    I made this for dessert on my Mom's birthday, which is July 3rd, and it was a HUGE hit. Very easy, delicious and a lovely presentation.

  • blibli 6 Jun, 2008

    I made this for dessert on my Mom's birthday, which is July 3rd, and it was a HUGE hit. Very easy, delicious and a lovely presentation.

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